VELIGERS
a planktonic larval stage of certain species of molluscs, intermediate between the trochophore
and the adult form.

The animal shown above had a shell of approx 1mm. Those below were 2-3mm, with longer
velum up to 8mm. The velum is a ciliated swimming and feeding organ. When placed in a tank they
refused to extend the velum and began to crawl.


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